Monthly Archives: April 2015

Progressive-Left Jews and the European Union

The progressive-left is in denial and no part of the progressive-left is more in denial than the western Jewish left. My central thesis at Israel Thrives is the following: The progressive movement, and the activist base of the Democratic Party, creates and supports venues that demonize and defame the Jewish state, thereby …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

EQUAL RIGHTS. Question.   In the eyes of God, do we all have equal rights? Answer.      Some countries have a Bill of Rights that spells out people’s entitlements. But many of us claim all sorts of extras – not just free medicine, free education and free handouts, but …

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Arlene from Israel: Step-by-Step

There are – forgive the cliché – just so many hours in the day.  And so, which happens now and again, as I am working on the Legal Grounds Campaign, it is impossible to do a full posting, as much as I would like to. There is enough happening to …

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USYD Prof. Jake Lynch cleared of antisemitism

It seems, according to today’s Sydney Morning Herald, that the University of Sydney has cleared Associate Professor Jake Lynch, who is the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, of antisemitism. However, he still has the threat of dismissal hanging over him regarding his …

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From Promised Land to Promised Home.

Summary: God is the original Zionist. Judaism is a unique religion in many respects: Every other religion is based primarily on faith. Judaism is based primarily on lineage. Every other religion is based on belief. Judaism is based on action. Every other religion is not geographically-bound. Judaism is tied to the …

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Holy Moses; not a Palestinian in sight!

 The news that  Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria is restoring artist John Herbert’s Moses Bringing Down the Tables of the Law is cause for celebration. Moses, who lived about 1391-1271 BCE, figured in the most momentous events in Jewish history.  He led the Jews out of slavery in Egypt, guided …

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Into the fray: Washington-Lausanne-Munich?

The gravest aspect of the emerging Iran deal is less its substance and more the professed rationale it is based on. Today, the United States… has reached a historic understanding with Iran… I am convinced that… it will make our country, our allies, and our world safer. This has been …

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Arlene from Israel – See the Miracle!

Yom Ha’azma’ut – Israel Independence Day.  It is 67 years since Ben Gurion announced the establishment of the State of Israel, on the Hebrew date of Iyyar 5, which that first year corresponded to May 14.  (Today is only the 4th of Iyyar – celebrations were moved up to avoid …

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Amnesty International Snubs Britain’s Jews.

Writing in the Times of Israel, Stuart Winer tells us: Amnesty International rejected a motion to campaign against the rise in anti-Semitism in Britain, saying it battles all discrimination and would not single out individual groups, the British Jewish newspaper The Jewish Chronicle reported Tuesday. The resolution called for the …

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The Waqf and the Temple Mount.

Temple Mount

Summary: According to Muslims, the Temple Mount is held in “trusteeship” by the Islamic Waqf, which assures its use and access as a mosque. The role of the Waqf has nothing to do with sovereignty of the land on which it resides. The most sensitive issue of the Israel-Arab conflict …

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Arlene from Israel – Yom HaZikaron.

Tonight begins Yom HaZikaron in Israel – Memorial Day, in remembrance of those who have fallen for the State in battle, and those who have been victims of terror. This is a day of mourning that encompasses all of the nation. There is no way to understand Israel without understanding …

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The Indigenous People – updated.

The tidbit below was written by Jonathan Tobin and published in Commentary: By attempting to portray the Palestinians as the “indigenous people” of the territory on which the State of Israel and the administered territories exist and the Jews as the colonial settlers, they are perpetrating the big lie of Palestinian history. …

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Arlene from Israel – The Bottom Line.

The Bottom Line on the unanimous vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance the bill, sponsored by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), which would give Congress the right to review the deal currently being worked out with Iran. Yes, as I wrote last week, it is a step in the …

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